Sudeep Anavankot Mohandas

Dr. Sudeep Mohandas

Executive Director

Company: The Centre for Global Inclusion
Role: Session Presenter

2022 Conference Session: Global DEI: Moving Out of My Own Backyard (G-1)

Dr. Sudeep Mohandas’ career has included working with government, corporate, and the nonprofit sectors. He was one of the founders to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) and has been a council member and Life Member with the Pure Life Society (underprivileged children’s orphanage). Sudeep had a career span of 14 years working for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Malaysia and Switzerland. He was responsible for strategic planning, implementation of strategy, operations, and management in the areas of human resources, fundraising, financials, and projects related to sustainability, relevance, and resilience. From 2014 to 2020, he set up his own global nonprofit consultancy, I First International, working on projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Indonesia, India, Nepal, England, and Netherlands.

Sudeep’s notable achievements during his career have been in winning the National HR Award for best HR Employer in 2002, being an editor to a book on careers in conservation, as well as an author of three books: “What Influences the Generation Y to join a Nonprofit Organization?”; “Nonprofit Management: Trials and Tribulations”; and “Nonprofit Management: Connecting the Dots.”

Sudeep’s postgraduate degrees are in human resource management at Hawaii Pacific University, USA, where he received a distinction; and from HELP University, Malaysia, where he was the first DBA doctorate program graduate. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and is certified as a Professional Facilitator from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). He received his certificate from Harvard University in Strategic Management and Governance Leadership for the non-governmental organizations.

He served as board member and treasurer to the World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL), USA, for four years and completed his term as vice chair and advisor to the IAF Malaysian Chapter. He served as a board member to Amnesty International Malaysia and is active with Amnesty International USA, Maryland Chapter. He was identified three years consecutively as one of Marketing in Asia Top 100 LinkedIn Icons 2018–2020. He was an adjunct professor to the Swiss School of Management, Italy, where he was a supervisor for a DBA student through to the successful completion of her doctorate in 2020.

Currently, Sudeep serves as a volunteer to, USA, where the impact of his work helped more than 5,000 students in 2021. He also contributed to realizing over $20K in savings to nonprofits across the globe by working for He is a volunteer committee member to the International Social Services (ISS)–USA and is an adjunct professor to Towson University.

He has many management tips, sharing of knowledge, podcasts, and YouTube interviews available. He speaks and writes in English, Malay, and Indonesian. His mother tongue is Malayalam. He resides in Maryland, USA, with his wife and has two adult children.

Sudeep is presently the executive director to The Centre for Global Inclusion based in the U.S.


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